I was reminded recently of how helpful it can be to use the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) as a way to structure a time of prayer. Here are some of my thoughts as I have gone through it today: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name (v9): I often come straight to God with […]Read More The Lord’s Prayer a template for prayer
I am currently reading through 2 Corinthians, it is a really helpful book in the Bible to go to if you are facing difficulties. This is because Paul wrote it when he was facing many hardships including: beatings, imprisonment and sleepless nights (2 Corinthians 6:5). He had a remarkable attitude through all of this which […]Read More God comforts us in troubles so we can comfort others
The world tells us that we can only be content when we are healthy, successful and rich. This is thankfully not what the Bible tells us, as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12: ‘I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or […]Read More Learning the secret of being content
Psalms are amazing, they give us wonderful words to praise God and help us to be honest with him about life’s difficulties. I have often used the psalms through difficult periods, especially the short ones that I was already familiar with. I wrote about Psalm 62 in an earlier post, here are some thoughts on […]Read More My Go to Psalms
If you are able to, I would strong recommend committing some Bible verses to memory, this is one way to meditate on scripture. The Psalmist talks a lot about meditating on truth such as: God’s promises (Psalm 119:148), his works (Psalm 143:5), and his unfailing love (Psalm 48:9). On countless occasions the Holy Spirit has […]Read More The Power Of Memorising Bible Verses
God has been really trying to get my attention recently on how absolutely vital prayer is. Prayer enables us to connect with God (Jeremiah 33:3), gain wisdom (James 1:5), and see circumstances change (Mark 11:24). I have recently read an excellent book called Dirty Glory by Pete Grieg. It’s about prayer, mission and justice. The […]Read More Growing In Prayer
‘If my mind is not settled toward God as the author of it all, and if I’m not putting him first, I might as well quit. It will all be in vain, it won’t bring me any peace, and the true battle is being lost.’ (Rachel Wilson writing in The Life You Never Expected p44) […]Read More Am I Putting God First?
When I was really sick I often couldn’t read more than a verse or two of the Bible at a time or attend church meetings. I had to find some different ways to engage with God, I needed more tools in my toolbox. One of these was painting with worship music on, I had never […]Read More Having a range of tools to engage with God: getting creative
Some friends were so desperate to get their sick friend to Jesus that they made a hole in the roof where Jesus was preaching (Mark 2:1-4). Jesus didn’t make comments about the mess; he saw their faith and forgave the man’s sins and then healed him (Mark 2:5-8). He clearly wanted the sick to be […]Read More Ideas to help those with physical limitations engage with church
I came into the kitchen and a bird smacked into my window. I ran outside and it was lying on the ground stunned. I set it on its feet and sat with it (a cat was lurking in the garden) until 45 mins later when it flew off. The reason I’m telling you this story […]Read More How Does God Respond When We Go Through Traumatic Experiences?
During my illness when I heard of healings (especially from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which I had) it would either give me hope or demoralise me. I was often left with questions such as: why them and not me? Why do I still continue to face this daily physical and mental battle? God, why am I […]Read More My Healing From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I have been really challenged by Philippians 1:12-14 where Paul talks about how being in prison has served to advance the gospel. This is through him: (1) having access to a different group of people such as his guards (v13); (2) other believers hearing about his ministry whilst in chains and being encouraged to speak the […]Read More Paul’s chains advance the gospel, do mine?
Have you ever heard someone talk about ‘church at work’? At my church there is a specific group that meets with this name for people to encourage each other as Christians in a work place. Now this is good, it is clearly important how Christians conduct themselves at work. However from my own experience; as […]Read More ‘Church at work’ includes you!
As a Christian how should we tackle difficult and discouraging situations? This is something my husband David and I have thought a lot about in the last few years. We think it is important to have the right perspective when looking at the big picture by focusing on God’s greatness and purposes without losing sight […]Read More Difficulty and Discouraging Situations: The Little Picture
As a Christian how should we tackle difficult and discouraging situations? This is something my husband David and I have thought a lot about in the last few years. We think it is important to have the right perspective when looking at the big picture by focusing on God’s greatness and purposes without losing sight […]Read More Difficult and Discouraging Situations: the Big Picture